No matter what happens in my life, I want to be like a tree that bends but never breaks. No matter what huge winds assault me, no matter what giant waves thunder against me, and no matter what evil is hurled against me, I will bend, take the beating, learn, grow and flourish, but never break or fall.
This is what I was reminded of on a recent visit to the Oregon coast. I saw this tree and thought about how, like me, it has been through so much, so many trying days and nights, tribulations and trials, yet it still stands, though bent, and continues to live and grow. May this always be the outcome of my life as well.